“It’s best not to listen to loose talk about renegotiating the [Recovery and Resilience Fund] with a single law and a single article,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday during a meeting at the MegarosMaximos with the Vice-President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
“I want to make it clear that the method of revising the Recovery Fund is determined by the founding act of the fund itself. Consequently, no one should heed talk of the Fund’s renegotiation with a single law and article because, once again, it misleads Greek public opinion and creates expectations that are fictional,” Mitsotakis stated.
He also noted – referring to the National Recovery and Resilience Plan – that Greece is at the forefront of disbursements, having submitted a coherent plan whose benefits extend to all of Greek society, while he also focused on the excellent level of cooperation during the last three years with the Vice President of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas.
“I think we have achieved a lot in these three years in extremely adverse conditions,” Mitsotakis stressed.
On his part, Schinas emphasised that “we are, indeed, in the ‘Champions League’ of the Recovery Fund” and expressed the
belief that there will be good news from Brussels on this issue on Friday. Another equally important issue, he noted, was the
approval earlier this week of the national plan, the Greek plan for the new CAP amounting to 13.6 billion euros, while adding
that “the bottom line is that, in all of this, Greece is at the heart of European affairs and Europe is playing a leading role. I think
this is the safest lesson of the three years.”
Greece to receive 1.9 bln euros in additional funding for migration, EU Commission VP announces
Greece stands to receive additional funding of 1.9 billion euros for support in migration issues, European Commission VicePresident Margaritis Schinas said after meeting with Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi on Thursday. Schinas announced the funding a day ahead of the EU’s Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council (Home Affairs) meeting on November 25, which will discuss the current situation along all migratory routes, and plans for the future. The commissioner called it “the first step towards a new treaty.”
The EU member states are “close to reaching an agreement over a new Migration and Asylum Pact,” Schinas said, expressing the belief it will be ready before the current European Commission’s term ends (in 2024). “Within this framework, Greece has received the strongest assistance from Europe,” he noted, adding that “we have until now provided to the Greek state over 2.5-3 billion euros in assistance. And we are now announcing that during the current period we will support the country with additional funds of 1.9 billion euros.”